Stilettos and Diapers: January 2012

1.31.2012

Feeling Nautical {A Fashion Post}

I'm not sure whats gotten into January, but she sure isn't producing winter weather here. Today's high is 64 and tomorrow's will be 67. It totally feels like spring, so why not dress like it?
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Yellow is my favorite color!
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Because errand running with 2 kids leaves no room for stilettos.
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Outfit Deets

Boyfriend Jeans - NY&Co
Striped Top - F21
Belt - F21
Flats - Macy's (Rocketdog) 

1.30.2012

$50 Visa Gift Card from Head & Shoulders {GIVEAWAY}


Remember a while back when I did a review of Head & Shoulders shampoo and conditioner? Well, I've been using it ever since then with fab results. Then I got an email asking if I would like to review their new scent of dandruff shampoo. In my mind, it was kinda like the infomercials when they say BUT WAIT! Then the deal gets a bit sweeter.

I am already convinced of Head & Shoulders's ability to deliver virtually flake-free, beautiful hair, including the fact that it is gentle and pH balanced for everyday use even on color treated hair. But now, instead of a regular old dandruff shampoo smell, they go and give us:
Green Apple!
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(I'm a big fan of any product smelling edible)


My hair has had a clean, fresh green apple scent that lasts all day. After I've been spit up on and been on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor, at least I can count on my hair to smell good at the end of the day.

And what better time of year to get some new shampoo? Like I posted in my last review, my scalp is crazy dry in the winter, but Head & Shoulders promises to ease three scalp and dandruff problems: dryness, itchiness, and sensitivity. With 84% of surveyed scalp issue sufferers concerned about these issues, Head & Shoulders has combined the effectiveness of their HydraZinc formula to alleviate these conditions leaving your hair beautifully flake free. I can tell you that these claims are true for me!


I went on a date night with the hubs for our 6th Anniversary back in December, and I wore a black top. Now, I do that very sparingly in the winter because honestly, I get flakies on my shoulders, and that is so.not.cute. Thankfully, I have been using the Head & Shoulders and it gives me confidence to wear black! (And navy and brown and all things dark and pretty.)


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1.27.2012

Its wine time...on a budget.

Having lived very close to Napa for 3 years, we developed quite the taste for some good vino. Now that I'm a mom, wine has quite the place in my life. Nothing bad ever came of a glass or 4 of wine immediately following a long, drawn out bath/bedtime. 

If you know me at all, you'll know that I'm cheap frugal. My choice in alcohol is no exception. Now, I'm not going to buy gross wine just because its cheap. Will I finish a glass of wine that isn't that great? Absolutely. But I'm not going to buy it again. 

Here are our top picks for budget friendly and delish wine:

Wente Cabernet Southern Hills $10.99
(We happened to live about 10 minutes from this vineyard in California!)
This is my current fave red. We're both a fan of big, full bodied reds like this one.
Cupcake Red Velvet $8.99
Another big red, but this one is a bit chocolaty.
Stone Cellar Cabernet $7.99 (1.5L)
This wine is always on our counter. Its our every night go-to. Its the cheapest on the list since its a double bottle.
Alamos Malbec $7.99
We pretty much only drink California wines, but started drinking this Argentine Malbec after it was suggested by Wine Spectator. 

Cupcake Chardonnay $8.99
 The first thing that made me pukey when I was pregnant was the smell of red wine. I only drank white right after Callan was born and this is my fave.
Sutter Home Moscato $4.99
This is a super sweet wine and also the first wine I liked. We went to the Sutter Home winery in Napa quite a bit to stock up on this back in the day. Now, I will mix half of this with half of a chardonnay. Its a watching Real Housewives with girlfriends kindof drink. 

Have a hankerin for the bubbly? 

Barefoot Muscato Spumante Champagne $8.99
Made from the same muscat grapes as the moscato wine, its sweet and makes perfect mimosas for Friday morning playgroup. I've got all my neighbors hooked!
All of the prices are what they are at my Wegmans. (Best grocery store ever!) 
We try lots of different wines and do buy some fancier ones for special occasions, or to bring to parties. Thing is, I like these more than some of the expensive ones we've tasted! 

I'm always open to having a new favorite. Tell me whats in your wine glass! 

1.26.2012

Air and Space fun!

We recently took a little outing to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. A good time was had by all...even if it was forced. 
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The place is massive and has real, full size airplanes everywhere.
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Coop kept chanting 3...2...1...BLASTOFF in the spaceship hanger!
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It was Callan's first "field trip"
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We are trying to take advantage of all of the touristy things to do in DC. I think this place would top most little boys favorite places list!
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1.24.2012

The one where I got all hopped up on pain killers.

What do you get when you mix a Momma that rarely takes medicine with prescription ibuprofen, percocet and muscle relaxants? 

One freakin hot mess, I tell ya. 

We went to New York over the weekend to see hubs family and let his grandpa meet Callan. I woke up in the middle of our last night and my lower back went into full blown spasms. Apparently, I slept wrong or the mattress wasn't firm enough, but whatever it was wreaked some serious havoc on me. 

I hobbled around rest areas, bent in half and looking like a 90 year old who had the best botox in all of life, but we made it home. And the pain came with me. 

I do pain pretty well, I think, but this time was just too much. I figured since I could barely walk and I couldn't stand up straight, I really needed to go to the Doctor. She gave me prescriptions that I'm sure would make a druggie woozy. Told me to take it as prescribed or else and to not lift anything. (Oh, because that's easy with a 12 week old) She then told the hubs, "be careful, she's going to be loopy." 

And, loopy I am. 
So while I lay here moderately numb, surrounded by chocolate, salty snacks and prescription bottles, y'all say a prayer for the hubs. Pretty sure if he had any desire to be a stay at home Dad, its gone. Forever. 

1.20.2012

Copycat Chili's Salsa {RECIPE}

I found this recipe while pinning...of course. I am a huge fan of Chili's salsa. And this? Well, its a darn good replica if you ask me.
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The players. 
Simple and easy ingredients. 
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Put everything in the blender and voila! Insta salsa. 

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Now, it was a bit frothy when I first finished it. After sitting in the fridge for about an hour, it reached perfection. 

Recipe adapted from original 

1 large can (29oz) whole tomatoes, drained
1 small can whole or sliced jalapeƱos (not pickled) less if you want less spice
1/2 of a small onion
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp lime juice

Just puree in the blender until smooth. You can see from the top picture how much it made. It ended up being about 4 cups of salsa, 2 of which we devoured on Mexican night. 

You want to make this, ASAP. Just think of how impressed your friends will be at your Super Bowl party when you make your own salsa! 

1.19.2012

Fugly to Fab - DIY Winter Wreath

This is the first of hopefully many Fugly to Fab posts. Anytime I take something fugly and make it fab, I'm going to tell you about it. 

I hate when you take all the Christmas decorations down and you are left with a naked house. Most importantly around here, is my naked glass front door. I love the look of it from the outside, but man, I feel exposed.

I love the look of snow stuck in the trees and this wreath makes me think of just that.
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What you may not expect, is what its made out of. 
Thanks, USPS. 

I looked for a square wreath form everywhere and couldn't find one. So I took a big old box and an exacto knife and made my own 4" wide form. It is 2 layers of cardboard thick for sturdiness. I used 2" indoor/outdoor ribbon to cover the whole thing.
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The corners were a bit of a pain. I used duct tape in the back, but had to make sure it was all covered since you can see the back through my door. If you don't have a glass door, you could be much more generous with the duct tape. Hehe.
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While wrapping your form, send your hubs and son into the "jungle" (woods beside our house) with a paper bag to get pine cones. Lightly spray with white spray paint. Some of the pine color should still be showing through. 

The frame completely wrapped and ready to hot glue some pine cones on! 
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The original plan was to cover the whole thing with pine cones buuuuut...I was hosting bunco and I finished getting this many on about 1 hour before the party started. Then I decided I kinda liked it just like it is. 
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Disclaimer: You will need to secure this to the door if you only put cones on one side since it will be tilted. I put a few washers in between the ribbon on the side opposite the cones, but I think you could use those 3M sticky things that don't pull paint off. 

Now should I keep adding cones and cover it, or leave it like it is? 

1.17.2012

Sweater + Leather {A fashion post}

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Layer, layer
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The braid curl tutorial I saw on Pinterest, but can't seem to find now left me with 80's style crimp. But then hubs randomly told me how good I looked that morning. 
So I rocked the 80's all day. 
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Black suede booties
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This purse is old. Like I got it for a gift when I was 13, old. Amazing what you find when you start cleaning out your closet.
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It's all in the details
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One of the trends I am loving this winter is the blouse/sweater combo. A classic look modernized by sheer blouses and layering on the accessories. 
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Outfit Deets:

Sweater - Gap
Sheer Blouse - Target
Booties - Target
Leather Leggings - I must admit they are Miley Cyrus. And I'm not even that ashamed. 
Scarf - Gift from the sweet, Natalie
Earrings - Maurices

1.16.2012

Girl look at that body. I work out. {Week 1}

Before you go thinking that I look like this in my undies, 
Let me tell you that this song is simply a mantra. A theme song of sorts.

In just under 9 weeks, I will be lacing up my tenni-bops with some of my favorite girls (Casey, Rachel and Lindsey!) for this:
We will be running the 1/2 marathon together! (You nuts thought I was doing the full marathon? Sheesh!) I feel pretty crazy agreeing to do this especially since I registered while I was pregnant. I thought what better way to loose the baby weight than to have a set goal that I paid for. Which I think is a really strange concept, too. Actually paying to run on streets you could run on for free any old time. 

Anyway, I will be updating you on my progress. Like if I follow a good run with shortbread cookies. Like I did thought about doing last week. Or how well my compression pants squeeze all that extra fat in. Or if I totally skipped a run to watch Real Housewives. 

At the end of the day, I just want to wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle yeah, without everything, ya know, wiggling


1.13.2012

Christmas Recapped

Lets just say better late than never, huh?

Christmas here was awesome with my 2 babies!
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Almost all my shots of Coop are head down in gifts.

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Except for when Daddy makes him make the Jets pose.
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My little loves.
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Crazy family games are a Christmas tradition.
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Sweet Callan's first Christmas! 
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Cooper not only opened his gifts, but mine, too. (Whitman's Sampler is my ultimate fave)
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In complete and utter disaster.
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The In-Laws and all the grand babies.
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Hubs and Coop playing Guitar Hero. I think Santa was thinking of the daddy when he bought Coop this present...
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Merry Christmas to all, and to all a...

Happy Friday!!

1.10.2012

Its my blogiversary!!

3 years ago Stilettos and Diapers was born. I was a bored Mommy that thought I was the only one living across the country from my family and flailing through this thing called motherhood. 


I've complained to you about everything from conference calls and being far away from my family to hotel living


I've embarrassed myself telling you I don't know what shaving cream or detergent is. 



I've taken y'all with me to VegasGeorgiaNYC and Hawaii


I've been able to document my life and the lives of my boys


In these 3 years, I've made wonderful friends. Found lots of support and advice and discovered a whole new world of amazing and talented people. 


This blog and the people met through it have become a huge part of my life. And I couldn't imagine it any other way. 


Thank you for caring about what I have to say, giving me your advice and wisdom and most of all, for being completely amazing! 


Love y'all!!!





1.09.2012

Stripes + Leopard {A fashion post}

I have learned the things that contribute to post-baby style. 

Comfortable. (Duh)
Safe to walk in. (Stilettos + wiggly infant = danger) 
Machine washable. (Thank you reflux)
And lastly, hide that mom roll! 

This is about what I've been wearing for the past 9 weeks.
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Comfort, comfort, comfort. Skinnies with lycra. 
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Leopard flats make any outfit cuter. 
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Add some sunnies to cover eye bags
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And there you have it!
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Outfit Deets

Skinnies: F21
Cardigan: Target
Tank: Old Navy
Flats: Target (Little girls section!)
Sunnies: Prada, gift.
Cuff: ???, gift

I'm off to try and redecorate my naked house. I can't for the life of me remember what decorations I had out before Christmas! 
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